By Rowan, grade 7 student at Ross Road Elementary.
One of the big reasons I have been able to learn and play in person at school this year is because of our five amazing school custodians.
They work hard during a regular school year but this year, because of COVID-19, they have been working extra hard to keep our school safe and sanitized every day.
Rowan (left) stands next to custodian Jason Villanueva (centre) and Kathryn (right) who was principal for the day.
While we always appreciate their work, we don't always show our thanks to our dedicated custodians who are often working “behind the scenes." I wanted to show our gratitude towards them and decided to organize a school-wide fundraiser.
Once I had the idea, I contacted our school PAC and spoke with Principal Lechleiter to work out the details of how we could do it (and to get their permission!). We held the fundraiser during the month of May, and it was a great success.
Every student had the opportunity to donate a toonie towards getting a gift basket for each of the custodians. Each class also made a card in school. Each card was personalised with signatures, messages and drawings.
This week, we presented the gift baskets, with cards, vouchers and goodies, to each of the custodians. My hope is that we brought a smile to their faces at the end of what has been a challenging school year.